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Explaining Continuous Delivery

For almost anyone working in software development, the term ‘continuous delivery’ will be very familiar as a series of techniques designed to assure software quality. These techniques ensure that software is performing to its maximum capabilities, able to reliably push out enhancements, and capable of fixing bugs with minimal risk to customers. This form of design practice can be essential to many business owners trading online or releasing new applications. Who Should Use Continuous Delivery? There are numerous businesses and individuals who can benefit from continuous delivery including businesses or individuals who: Are developing a new product When developing a new product, using continuous delivery can help test and evolve the product to its maximum potential. Providing an online service If you provide any online service from online gambling to mobile apps, implementing continuous delivery is essential to staying ahead of your competitors. Releasing app updates is taking long
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Lean Startup Methods To Implement Now

The Lean startup approach is useful for companies trying to increase the efficiency of their capital and improve their effectiveness in harnessing human creativity. By focusing on specific principles, companies using the Lean Startup method can benefit from less of a risky beginning in the big business world.
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How To Get Funding For Your App

The app development game can be a bit of a struggle to say the least. For all the hours and effort you plough into your app’s creation and marketing, there is no guarantee that you ll see a meaningful return for your troubles. If you’ve been down this road before, then it would be entirely forgivable if you harbour some reservations about putting so much effort again into your next big idea. Put simply, as with all business ventures, building an app to make money is a risk on investment. But, there are means by which you can reduce this risk, and securing some funding can be one great way to do so. Of course, you may have most of the money readily available to you to make your app perfectly usable and pleasing to all of its users. But it might be the case that you re just wishing that you had just a little bit more money so you could include those couple of extra features, or just slightly better graphics, or whatever else it might be, but your existing budget just simply won’t
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First Codenutz Book: The Essential App Marketing Toolkit

Today I’m really excited to announce that we released the very first Codenutz e-book about app marketing, “The Essential App Marketing Toolkit“. What’s it about Marketing an app is one of those things us app developers quite often don’t pay enough attention to, especially those of us from a technical background. I wanted to put this book together to provide a succinct toolkit of information, techniques and resources to make the whole process of marketing your app simple and effective. The book covers several topics covering Things you can do before you launch your app What to do when publishing your app How you can promote your app post-launch How to get it The e-book is available to buy now on the Amazon kindle store The Essential App Marketing Toolkit. We’ve put months of research and refinement into this book, so at $5.71 (UK £3.60) its a fantastic deal. The post First Codenutz Book: The Essential App Marketing Toolkit appeared first on Codenutz - all about how to make
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How To Generate Feedback For Your App

We’re all in the app marketing game to achieve the same thing – as many downloads as possible (and some cash is always nice too). And, as we all know, the only way this is realisable is to ensure that we pay close attention to ASO. Generating feedback and reviews for your apps in app stores is one sure fire way of attaining great ASO. Having lots of great reviews signal download popularity to the app store, and of course a great quality to your potential customers. How you go about generating those reviews is not always a straightforward process, however, and there are many things that you need to consider. So, below we’ve put together some of the best tips and tricks on how to generate feedback for your app that you’ll need to make sure that you’re preforming the best ASO as possible. In-App Prompts: Asking your users to give your app a review in the app store via means of a pop-up is one great way to increase the chances of your app getting reviewed. They’ll already be u
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5 Reasons you Should Put Your App On The Amazon App Store

When it comes to selling your app it can be far too easy to just think in terms of either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Although true that these are the two biggest market places for your app, by ignoring the Amazon App Store – especially if you’ve built an app for Android – then you are missing out on a fast-growing piece of the takings. With the launch of the new Kindle Fire last year, and this year the Fire Smartphone, combined with the fact that the Amazon App Store is available in nearly 200 countries, Amazon is clearly trying to position itself as a major player in the bustling bazaar that is the app marketplace. Indeed, Amazon are also being a bit clever in their approach to selling their hardware, making their tablets significantly cheaper than similar offerings from their competitors. Their hope seems to be that if they can get as many users on board with their products in the first place, then they can concentrate on profiteering from content sales. An
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App Analytics: Tracking Your App Downloads

The use of app analytics will be essential when it comes to measuring the success of your app. And that indeed is something that you will absolutely be interested in – otherwise, what was the point in building the thing in the first place, right? Right. You will undoubtedly have certain objectives and targets in mind before taking your app to launch, and keeping track of how close or far away from them you are is something that you will of course want to monitor closely. The key metrics that you want to be keeping a focus on are downloads, ranks, revenue and reviews. Thankfully, there are many great tools out there that you can utilise to keep track of all of these things, though when it comes to choosing which one is right for you, the sheer wealth of choice can actually prove to be a bit of a hindrance. So, to help you decide, below is a list of a few of the best ones, their key features and of course the pros and cons of each. All of the tools listed below are either free or else
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5 Pro Tips for Designing an App Icon

It’s no coincidence that the most successful apps often have the best icons. What may appear to be simply just a colourful and decorative tile, in actual fact the app icon plays a massively significant part in how potential users perceive an app’s worth, and can even make all the difference between deciding to download or not. With both the App Store and the Google Play store now each containing in excess of 1.2 million apps, designing the perfect and most memorable icon is essential for making your app stand out in this ever more crowded marketplace. The art of icon design is indeed a very delicate and intricate discipline, and, while exactly what your design will consist of will be very much determined by the content of your app, there are still some basic dos and don’ts that you should be aware of when embarking on your app icon design. So, below is a list of some of the best tips for designing an app icon that should put you in good stead when starting out. Keep It Simple Pe
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LAC08 – Xamarin.Forms Pre-Requirements

Just a quick update today as I only just thought to check out the Xamarin.Forms pre-requirements. Generally speaking its important to check what operating system versions a tool is going to support before diving too deep into it! Xamarin.Forms OS Support Clearly Xamarin.Forms is not going to support all versions of all operating systems on all devices, but I hoped it would have good enough compatibility as I’d kind of set my heart on using it. After a little digging I found the following supported operating systems: Android 4.0 or higher iOS 6.1 or higher Windows Phone 8 (using Visual Studio) After finding this out, its generally a good idea to check what this actually equates to in terms of market size. Android Usage Right now I’m primarily concerned with Android users, and according to the Android Developers Dashboard that would exclude about 14%, as they’re on pre 4.0 devices: Version Codename API Distribution 2.2 Froyo 8 0.7% 2.3.3 -2.3.7 Gingerbread 10 13.6% 4.0.3 -4.0.4 Ic
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Which To Choose: Saas, Paas, IaaS or On-Premise?

When deciding how to manage your IT infrastructure, you might decide to go with cloud computing. It is often separated into three distinct choices, which is Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. You might also choose an on-premise solution. Each option has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. We explain each here. Software-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service is also known as SaaS. It is one of the most straightforward cloud models to comprehend. Many of us already use SaaS services in one form or another, even if we may not realise it. This is because SaaS is essentially any type of application accessed as a service through the Internet. Almost all email clients are SaaS services. So, if you use Gmail or any other type of web-based email client, you are already using a SaaS service. In addition, it is basically software developed by someone else that you are accessing online through a web browser. Other SaaS examples include: Microso
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5 Apps For Students With Dyslexia

Around 10% of the UK population is thought to be dyslexic to some degree. There is, unfortunately, a certain amount of stigma attached to the disorder, which often prevents people – especially adults – from seeking help, so an accurate figure may well be a little higher than that. Dyslexia is a language-based disorder, sufferers of which finding reading, spelling, recognizing words and decoding letters and numbers exceptionally difficult. It is a life-long learning disability with no known cure. However, with early intervention (and schools are generally much better equipped these days at diagnosing pupils with the disorder) and by implementing various methods, the impact of the disorder is vastly decreased and dyslexic students can quite readily achieve a learning level that is on a par with their peers. There are a number of decent apps out there that dyslexic students, along with their parents and teachers, may find particularly useful, and below is a round up of 5 of the best
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How To Create A Viral App Without Marketing

With millions of apps on the app market, everyone wants there app to go viral. This essentially means that you don t have to do as much marketing because people are naturally referring your app to others or sharing your app with others for one reason or another. Long gone are the days when the app market with new and pretty much every new app became popular. Now, the app market is hyper-competitive and for every app out there, there seems to be another one just like it. So how do you create a viral app? Continue reading to learn more. Make it user-friendly Part of the appeal of using apps is their convenience. So, if you want your app to go viral it has to be simple. There is no point in having spectacular features if your users have difficulty using it. You want it to stand out, but try to stay away from adding too many features. Think of your audience You can t be all things to every person, but you can create a app that fills a void or fits a niche and meets consumer demand. The s
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Mobile App or Mobile Website?

Smartphones and tablets are now well and truly set to overtake the classic desktop (and laptop) as the primary means by which we will connect to the internet. The stats, therefore, speak for themselves – no matter what your business, you need to be establishing a mobile presence for those users on the move. One of the most important things to consider, however, is whether you want to create a specific mobile application (app) for users to download directly onto their devices, or a mobile website. Deciding which way to go will depend on the scale of your business, your target audience, your budget, the features required and the intended purpose, and indeed the answer may even be that you need both. To help you get to the bottom of this dilemma, below you will find some pros and cons of each platform so that you may be better equipped to decide in which direction you want your mobile presence to go. But firstly, let’s define precisely what each one is. What is a mobile website? Both
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Top 5 ASO Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs

With App Store Optimization (ASO) still being in its relative infancy, even those marketers who have been at it from the start only have a few years of experience under their belts. Nevertheless, there’s already more than a modicum of wisdom to be garnered from those practitioners of good ASO, and resource allocation for ASO is growing at a considerable rate. Just last year, the amount of ASO jobs grew 400%, making it one of the fastest growing mobile marketing segments. You will no doubt be considering what makes good ASO when it comes to marketing your app in the official stores. Since the concept is still relatively new, there are a lot of misconceptions about best practices, and novices to the game can be rather prone to making what have now become quite common mistakes. As such, we wanted to put a list together for your reference cataloguing the top five ASO mistakes to avoid at all costs, so you need never have to learn it them the hard way. #1: Too Heavy Focus On High Volume
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Can Lean Startup Principles Work For You?

Since Eric Ries came out with his book The Lean Startup , entrepreneurs have been buzzing about whether or not this idea actually works. To keep it in its most simplest terms, Lean refers to a set of principles and practices that allow a company to use the same resource yet facilitate customer value even faster. In essence, you build fast, release often, measure progress, learn, rinse and repeat. Here we discuss several of the principles and break them down for you. Background Based on Ries 2011 book, he emphasizes what he calls validated learning. This is where you try out an idea and measure it to validate the affect, hence the name. So, you build and launch your product as quickly as possible. After that, you garner customer feedback to learn how you might improve upon the product and service to make it more successful. As a result, Ries claims this can help companies shorten their overall business cycle while improving intrinsic processes. The reason is because Ries believes that
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Using Bespoke Software For Manufacturing Compliance

There s all this talk regarding the various forms of compliance. Especially in the manufacturing industry there s just so much confusion circulating out there. Just imagine sitting in a meeting and someone starts talking about a new workman s comp. law that just passed. Now you re thinking, I need to find a specific corporate standard and the updated regulatory standard. After that, you have to change the corresponding policies and procedures, in addition to redistributing the updated policy to your staff. Who can keep up with all the changes on a day-to-day basis? This is where bespoke software can help your business maintain compliance from both the health and safety point of view, as well as the legal point of view. What is compliance? This is where a company complies with a proposal, or regimen and fulfills official requirements such as a specification, policy, standard or law. It refers to lawful and responsible conduct by the company, its employees, its management and supervisor
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Leanconf 2014 – Going from Strength to Strength

I just got back from a great couple days at Leanconf in Manchester, and couldn’t wait to write something about it. It was packed full of great speakers giving valuable insights and its something I would whole heartedly recommend to anyone interested in the lean startup movement. What’s Leanconf about? Leanconf is Europe’s first (and only) lean start-up conference, bringing speakers and attendees from across the globe to discuss and share knowledge of lean start-up experiences. The conference is a great opportunity to speak to experts in the field of innovation and start-ups, in addition to meeting other people trying to make start-ups work for them. It isn’t just about new and small businesses either, there are numerous talks and discussions around the subject of how enterprises can adjust and innovate like start-ups can. Leanconf 2014 This year was the 2nd Leanconf and I have to say the organisers (Manuel da Costa and Ben Aldred) really upped their game, with what must have b
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What Is Agile Development?

Software development models have been used for decades. In the world of business, where projects are carried out for seemingly infinite numbers of specific tasks, software development is used to help a project progress and achieve its aims and goals. Software development can follow different models and methods which vary depending on the objectives of each individual project. What is software development? There are various models and methods of software development, including the waterfall model, the incremental model and the spiral model. Different models are used regularly by many companies, although some, such as the Agile model, are becoming more popular than other older models, such as the waterfall model. Companies select a particular development model by analysing the project that the model will be applied to. Software development models are then used to create and maintain software that will eventually be released as a final software product. Why is software needed? Software i
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Design Thinking Basics

So, you want to start a new project. You think it’s a great project with plenty of potential. It’s unique and interesting, authoritative and relevant, and you’ve got enough money to fund it. What could go wrong? But then, after starting your project, everything suddenly falls flat in a heap of failure. You start to question what happened, and look for things to blame. Perhaps your business strategy was wrong, or perhaps someone made a mistake along the way. It’s so hard to understand how something with so much potential failed so quickly, and it’s even harder to figure out a way to fix it and get a project back on its feet. Why do most projects fail? Oddly enough, projects fail all the time, and there isn’t just one aspect to blame. In fact, there seem to be characteristic underlying flaws to projects that cause their failure. These include restricted thinking, narrow and uncompromising views about the project development and design, bad communication and segregation withi
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The Future For App Developers In The UK

If you decided to step back in time by only a few years you’d find that most people had never heard of a mobile app. Nowadays, not only does everyone know what an app is, there are now stores selling billions of them every day. The app market has become so enormous that international conferences are held throughout the year, such as the Future Of Web Apps (FOWA), where designers and developers from around the world congregate to inspire, find inspiration, share their creations and showcase new ideas and techniques. Huge Potential As reported by The Guardian, British app development companies are expected to generate £4bn in revenues in 2014. Even more impressively, research anticipates the app development sector to be worth £31bn to Britain in 10 years’ time. This seems to be significantly exceeding the revenue generated by Britain’s European counterparts. This is, in part, thanks to the intense focus of British companies on exporting their creations, and the fact that British
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Going Mobile in Manufacturing

In a globally structured world with ever increasing competition, manufacturers are consistently looking for new and innovative tactics to help increase their staying power within this evolving industry. What s most important is technology that improves accuracy levels, efficiency and knowledge regarding the ins and outs of the warehouse. This is just one of the few ways where mobile applications are assisting process-driven employees with doing their jobs. As a result, the manufacturing industry is on the brink of receiving a huge impact through the mobility movement. Benefits of mobile apps in manufacturing Those in the manufacturing industry know that there is the constant moving of materials and a keen focus on metrics such as throughput and uptime. These are things that are natural fits for mobile technology. Moreover, advantages include increased employee productivity, enhanced resource management and quicker decision-making. A recent Motorola survey shows that manufacturers who
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Beta Testing Best Practices

You will no doubt have tested and re-tested your app until the cows came home. But, you must always remember that you will be in love with your app, and this devotion can often blind developers to some areas for improvement and indeed to some of its more glaring flaws. The only real test of your app is when users start to engage with it themselves, who are not so attached to it that they can’t actually see it for what it really is, and for the true value of its usefulness and/or functionality. For the sake of absolute thoroughness, therefore, not to mention the sake of releasing the absolute best version of your app the first time round, it is highly recommended that you put your app through at least one round of beta testing before launching it in the app store. What is Beta Testing? Beta testing is simply allowing a number of people to have a play with your app before you release it to the general public. Quite often, beta testers will encounter some issues with it that you may we
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The Learning Rabbit Hole

Information overload can be a killer to getting actual work done, and can paralyse the best of us. Working in online business and software development means we all need to constantly learn, so handling information overload is really important. I wanted to write this article about a particular type of information overload I call the learning rabbit hole. Its definitely something I suffer with, and I’ve seen lots of other people struggling with it too. What is the learning rabbit hole Whenever you learning or researching how to do something, whether it be online using blogs and tutorials or reading books, you inevitably find topics within the topic you’re primarily concerned with. These related and sub-topics themselves are usually pretty complicated and have a huge field of study associated with them, so often you end up taking a turn into one of them. What happens next is predictable, the sub-topic has its own set of related and sub-topics, which again have huge field of study…a
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How to Create Great App Previews for iOS 8

Apple, for some reason, quite often seem to lag behind when it comes to the simple things. App previews have been available on Google Play and the Amazon App Store for some time now, and yet it is only with last month’s (somewhat dodgy) launch of iOS 8 that Apple has finally caught up with the pack. But hey, it’s here now, so it’s time for you to start thinking about how you can produce the very best ones possible. There’s no doubt that the arrival of App Previews is great news for App developers and marketers. Video on the App Store means that you can advertise your new Apps with a lot more oomph and a lot greater clarity in terms of how your App functions than ever before. Screenshots can only tell a user so much, and even a beautifully written description can only ever give an impression of what the App might be like and why someone would find use out of it. But with a video preview you can make your new App shine as bright as can be, can show off all the features and funct
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The 5 Top Features of ReSharper (and How They Make You More Productive)

Being productive as a developer is really important so I thought I’d list my 5 top features of ReSharper, and how they make you a more productive developer. ReSharper is one of these tools I’d heard about for many years during my time as a developer, but it was something that I’d never really given a go. That was until about 3 years ago when a colleague of mine convinced me to give it a go. I really wasn’t sold on the idea but he caught my attention with one particular feature (Go to type) which I thought was awesome. Since then ReSharper has become an integral part of my developer toolkit and I truly believe it makes me a better, more consistent and more productive developer. This post is going to cover my 5 top features of ReSharper, and why they’re awesome! Lastly I should say that keyboard shortcuts make you a more productive developer in my mind this is absolute fact. I see this from my personal experience, and from those of other developers around me if you’re in any
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